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Muslim organizations feel the brunt in MP

The story of SIMI has probably gone beyond the boundaries of Uttar Pradesh where several members of the SIMI were arrested allegedly in connection with bomb explosions in different parts of the state on the eve of Independence Day on 15 August. 

In a series of actions against the Students Islamic Movement of India the Madhya Pradesh Police arrested a number of the SIMI activists in different cities of the state including Ujjain, Indore and Bhopal. The police have charged its cadres with serious crimes under different sections of the Law. 

SIMI activists as well as the common Muslims in the state have taken strong note of the police actions in Uttar Pradesh where a number of activists of the outfit were arrested. As the reports show, Muslims led by the SIMI organized several rallies and sit-ins protesting against the arrest of SIMI activists in UP.

The police subsequently arrested on 21 October 15 people in Ujjain. They all were cadres of the SIMI and included one Ansar (active member) of the outfit. The next day on 22 October the ire of the police fell on the cadres of the outfit in Indore city where police arrested 14 people and the next day, i.e. 23 October, six activists of the organization were arrested in Bhopal .

Police apparently arrested several members of other organizations taking them as activists of the SIMI. In Indore two members of the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind were arrested by the police along with SIMI activists. On the same day, an active member of the Tablighi Jamaat was also arrested in Indore. Another youth-a member of the Students Islamic organization was also arrested on the same day from the same city. The two members of the Jamaat-e-Islami who were arrested were identified as Muhammad Ishaq and Anwar Ahmad. The worker of the Tablighi Jamaat who was arrested from the city was Muhammad Yasin. All these people were released in the evening. 

In Ujjain an unfortunate incident occurred. The persons who were arrested were sent to the city jail though they were released in the evening. It was Friday when they were arrested. So these detainees wanted to offer Friday prayers. As the reports say, the jail authorities did not want them to do so. But when they insisted they were attacked by some Bajrang Dal activists at the behest of the jail authorities. Several of the detainees were injured severely in the incident.

According to sources the people have taken strong note of the incident. In Indore a big rally was organized protesting against the attitude of the administration. In Bhopal the people have formed a Muslim Action Committee to take action against the police move. This Action committee took out a protest march in Bhopal on 26 October.

It is not known why the police arrested members of the Jamaat-e-Islami, Tablighi Jamaat and SIO in this episode. These organizations have nothing to do with the SIMI and have no relation with it. When this correspondent tried to know the reaction of the Jamaat, a senior secretary in the organization said that they are not aware till now why their cadres were arrested. But it seems that they were arrested as they might have been taken as the activists of the SIMI. Ridiculing the administration the office-bearer said that when Jamaat was banned in 1992 the police arrested four people in Lucknow and said that they were Jamaat's activists. We tried to inquire as to who was arrested, but all our members were safe. When some of our genuine members were also arrested they tried to inquire about the people arrested earlier. On inquiry it came out that police had arrested three people who had no relations with Jamaat at all. One of the three was a motor mechanic Islam. He was arrested because of his name as the police had thought that he is attached to Jamaat-e-Islami. Others’ case was also no different. 

In the meantime the police have released on bail all the three members of the outfit who were arrested in Lakhimpur Kheri in UP. Four cadres of the outfit named earlier in the same case are absconding since the arrest of the trio. When the Milli Gazette enquired about them, Safdar Nagori, the secretary general of the outfit said that the organization has ordered them to do so. He said that the outfit is challenging the whole case in the court. Regarding the Azamgarh case too Safdar Nagori said that the outfit has challenged it in Allahabad High Court.

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